Who/what is Cowbelly?
In short- 'Cowbelly' is me- Jamie Piper, a San Diego-based commercial animal photographer since 2003. That's me in the photo there with my furkid Fergie (and some other adorable dog models, including a Pug that wasn't having my PDA, and an Akita that I photographed in the same place Sean Connery got his haircut once).
I've been photographing animals professionally since I launched my business 'Cowbelly Pet Photography' in Seattle in April '03. And I've been madly in love with dogs and cats since I was old enough to toddle.
From 2003-2015 I shot for a variety of private, commercial and editorial clients, traveled around the country teaching workshops to other photographers, road tripped for eight months with my dog, and also wrote a 350-page reference book for Wiley Publishing. Pet photographers around the world came to know me as simply 'Cowbelly'- hence the name. I've been going by 'Cowbelly' since 2005. (Side note- I have no affiliation with Youtube).
In early 2015 I moved away from the private client work to focus on my commercial and editorial clients. My own work had become formulaic, and I needed to challenge myself with more diversity and greater variety. I've been shooting for international brands since 2008, and love the challenge of big productions.
My passion is to create authentic, joyful images that resonate and connect with a brand's customers in an intimate, familiar way.
My mission is to create images that motivate consumers to purchase products and services that help support and care for their beloved animal family members.
In short, I believe my job helps improve the lives of both pet owners and their animal companions. And that means everything to me.
Click through to my CLIENT LIST to see some of the clients I have had the honor of working with.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE:
Whatever your needs are, my team of established producers, assistants and techs can help fill them. We can shoot at your location (nationally or internationally), or in San Diego or LA. Although half of us are based in Orange and San Diego counties, we are all happy to work in LA as locals (agency shoots only).
Services provided include:
• Estimating production expenses on shoots from $2,500-$250,000+ • Shot list conceptualization
• Animal model calls/scouting
• Animal training
• Animal grooming
• Location scouting
• Prop procurement
• Cinemagraph conceptualization and design
• Video capture for cinemagraphs
Through all that I do for clients, it's my goal for every project to 'bring joy', both through the images I create and through the relationships we forge.
Interested in knowing what it's like to work with me on a shoot? Have a peek behind the curtain in my BTS & Outtakes gallery.
Let's make some magic together.